Evolution of "Crimson Plume" for BMoCA ARTMIX

For "Crimson Plume," I created a watercolor pour as a background element. These images document the spontaneity of the pour and how the very wet, blurred beginning transforms to defined, textured patterns. After the pour dried, I painted the Indian Paintbrush flowers. This painting will be included in Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art's ARTMIX silent auction. 

Crimson Plume (18.5 x 26," watercolor on paper) features Colorado wildflower Castilleja, also known as Indian Paintbrush. This fire-tolerant plant can re-sprout from its rhizome (underground stem) and disperse its wind-carried seeds after a fire.

Crimson Plume, detail